In The ultimate word processor, I described my ideal application for writing. Here is a much more thorough description of its key features and basic workflow:
It’s a bit hard to classify, but here goes:
- Integrated Writing Environment:
Like the Integrated Development Environments (IDE) programmers use, it tries to provide writers with all the tools they need, and lets them adapt it to their workflow.
- Semantic Text Editor:
It lets you describe what the text means as opposed to how it looks.
- Word Processor:
This term is normally used for Word, OpenOffice, Pages etc, but these are more page layout applications than literally “word processors”. TextSmith, with its various plug-ins for importing, transforming and exporting text, can literally perform “word processing”.
But the best description is probably just “Writing Application” (as in; an application for writing).